Teacher Lounge Makeover!
August 15, 2019
The school year has come to an end, and the teachers are ready to take a well-deserved break! When they return in the Fall, they will now have a nicely refreshed Teacher Lounge, thanks to some affordable and stylish finds from HomeGoods! But first, this is what it used to look like:
The lounge is a very large space with a great outdoor balcony, but it had become a collection of old, overused furniture and it lacked style and function.
I wanted to help give this great space some new life, so I headed to HomeGoods to Go Finding! With a tight budget, I was able to maximize my finds and refresh each area in this large space. Here I am with my carts full and some great furniture finds to pack into my vehicle.
What’s in my HomeGoods carts?
Toss pillows, baskets, faux fiddle fig tree, melamine plates, glass bottle vases, faux greenery, wall art. A coffee table and two accent tables, two accent chairs (next to my carts)…
I was so happy to find a set of matching accent chairs, and I knew they would look and feel great in the Teacher Lounge.
With all of these new goodies on hand, I was ready to tackle this project. I started by cleaning up and organizing the kitchen area. I created a coffee bar, because we all know how important coffee can be to get you through the day!
The room has a fun color palette on the walls, so I decided to choose light and neutral pieces to calm the areas down a bit. When the teachers come to this room they want to relax, so reducing the clutter and disorganization was a must. I love these simple pieces of art against this bright periwinkle wall. The glass jar collects light and the faux olive branches in it feel like an extension of the art on the wall.
I used baskets to fill the empty space above the cabinets for visual interest, and baskets on the table and countertop to create purposeful stations. This long basket in the center of the table holds the daily lunch necessities like plates and napkins.
Faux lemons and a cute kitchen sign make this feel more like home.
Next, I created a new lounging area. Previously, there were a couple of sofas here that were ready to go! The teachers said that when they would sit on them, they would sink in so low, it was difficult to get back out of them! A lovely, gently used sofa was donated, and I supplemented the rest with new finds from HomeGoods.
A new coffee table, accent tables, accent chairs and pillows gave this area a comfortable and updated style!
Greenery always makes a space feel more organic and alive! This faux plant looks so realistic, and doesn’t require any maintenance!
Art and vases fill an empty space above the teacher boxes.
The previously unused balcony even got some new furniture! I know the teachers will love sitting out here in the fresh air, surrounded by the trees. These farm style benches were a great find, and the perfect size for this narrow balcony. The teachers might be battling over who gets to sit out here!
I’m so happy to bring new life and cheer to this teacher zone! Teachers are so hard working, and deserve a special place to relax during their workday breaks. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this transformation, and maybe I’ve even inspired you to help contribute to your local school and teachers!
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